The winter months are especially hard on our skin. I have tried so many lotions and creams over the years but nothing seemed to work great…until now.
I’ve shared this lotion recipe in the past, but I thought since the weather is getting colder (and drier) it might be nice to share it again. It took a lot of trial and error, but I finally found a lotion concoction that is amazing. My youngest daughter has REALLY dry skin and this lotion has helped her so much!!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of shea butter, 10 drops of Lavender, 10 drops of Melaleuca alternifolia (You can substitute the shea butter for another 1/2 cup of coconut oil.)
* Melaleuca alternifolia is commonly known as tea tree oil and beneficial to skin.
I just whip all the ingredients together in my mixer and transfer it into a glass container. The longer you whip the coconut oil the fluffier it will get.
I was originally using only one of these oils one at a time and it was working but when I put them together with the coconut oil, I started to see my daughters skin COMPLETELY clear up!! I’m not a huge fan of the smell but it’s worth it for the results. 🙂
This would make a great handmade Christmas gift, too!!
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Karen H says
Thank you so much for this recipe! I searched shea butter on the Dollar Tree website and it didn’t find any results. Do you have a link to the shea butter by any chance? I’d like to make some of this. If I can’t find it at Dollar Tree, I’m sure I can get it many places.
I don’t have a link, sorry. 🙁 I’m pretty sure you can find it at Walmart too and I know Amazon has it but it’s quite a bit more expensive.
susanne Penk says
I have been using Bulk Apothecary.com and Amazon.com they have a lot of great stuff and if they are out of stock they let you know when it’s back in stock.
amazon carries it
Thanks for your post. I am glad to see that I am not the only one trying alternatives to commercial medications. My husband has psoriasis and I started making up a similar concoction based on research of the different essential oils. I use coconut oil, Jojoba oil, and these essential oils-lavender, tea tree, thyme, oregano, and helichrysum. I agree it doesn’t smell the greatest but it does work at keeping it under control and keeps the scales and itch away. He always smells like Italian food. 🙂
Yeah the smell isn’t great but after we’ve been using it awhile we don’t even notice it anymore. So glad you found something that is working!
Try adding hemp seeds to your husband’s diet (2 – 6 tbsp) per day; if this is done consistently along with cutting sugar and starch you will see a huge difference in his psoriasis condition.
Kim…using soap that is made from goat’s milk clears up psoriasis really well. I used to have it quite bad on my face & started using that soap & its cleared up. Havent had a problem in years. Just make sure that it REALLY does have goat’s milk in it.
My daughter has a problem with itchy and dry skin only on her legs…and uses some kind of commercial lotion with the coconut oil and it works beautifully! The secret ingredient, indeed. I just did a post on all aspects of dry skin and the need to stay hydrated, both skin and in the home . Maybe some helpful tips here? http://www.libbywilkiedesigns.com/2015/02/how-to-manage-dry-skin.html
Thanks, Libby!! I will definitely check it out!
I found Shea Butter and goats milk at Michaels, then discovered they had sulphates in them, does anyone know a cheaper Shea or goats milk that does not have sulfates? Thank you..
I have a relative allergic to coconut. Could I use a different oil such as sweet almond oil in its place?
Eva, yes! It would be more of a liquid so I would probably put in a roller so it’s easier to apply. I use grape seed oil for my face and it works really well.
Sherri Adelman says
I use a similar recipe but also add lemon yleo. A few drops of that might make it smell a little better and lemon helps with dry skin too. It has done wonders for my dry and cracked feet!
Sherri, thanks for the tip! I might try it on my feet but I won’t be able to add it to my daughter’s lotion. I use it for her arms and she’s out in the sun a lot. She’s pretty fair and I’d be afraid she would burn easily.
Hi, what’s the brand of the shea butter you use? I am having a very hard time finding shea butter, and I really want to make this lotion for my son’s eczema.
I don’t have an old bottle but lately I’ve been just using a cup of coconut oil instead of the shea butter and it seems to be working just as good. It will melt a little easier so if you decide to do without the shea, just make sure you keep it in a cool place.
Coconut oil to be in liquid, semi solid or solidified state before whipping?
I use the solid kind. 🙂
Hello, I made this and love it but I was wondering if it needs to be refrigerated to keep it from separating and how long can you store it before it goes bad?
Marie, it will start to melt if it gets too hot. I normally go through it so quickly that I never have to worry about it going bad. I haven’t had it ever seperate unless it has melted. You can put it in the refrigerator but it gets pretty hard, so it’s just a different consistancy but works just as well. It’s really your preference. Hopefully that explanation helped! 😉
I saw your substitution of 1 cup coconut oil instead of shea butter. I wanted to double check it — the recipe called for 1/2 c of shea butter…so would you use 1/2 c of the coconut oil? Or is it really 1 c of coconut oil for 1/2 shea butter?
Can’t wait to try this recipe!
It’s one cup total, so either 1 cup of coconut oil or 1/2 cup coconut and 1/2 cup shea. Hopefully that helps! 🙂
I received tea tree oil in my starter kit could I use that with the lavender instead of the melaleuca oil?
I sent you an email, but I wanted to clarify for other people. Tea Tree oil and Melaleuca are the same thing, so you can use Tea Tree oil in this recipe.
Great tips and this recipe is very similar to my own, which I concocted in the hopes of healing my eczema. I use only organic ingredients which I think is a pretty important consideration when it comes to the largest organ of our body. That being said another great ingredient is Manuka Honey for healing damaged skin, and is actually used in hospitals to aid in treatment of burn victims. Again quality ingredients I feel are important. When you consider the cost of pharmaceutical lotions and treatments we’ve likely all tried in the past this is relatively inexpensive and way healthier for us! I also add frankincense oil, vitamin E and aloe Vera gel to my creams. Super powers ☺️
Thanks for the tips!! 🙂
Trish Harris says
I always wondered, when a recipe calls for coconut oil, how do you know if they mean the fractionated kind, the kind that is SOLID but SMELLS like coconuts, or the OTHER solid kind for cooking, that DOESN’T have a scent? Thank you for any information you can provide.
Trish I’m not sure about other recipes, but for my recipe you want to use the solid form of coconut oil. The scented or unscented kind doesn’t matter, so that will just be your preference. 🙂
Coconut oil clogs my pores and makes me break out! Do you have a suggestion for a different type of oil? I just made this with sunflower oil and hate the smell. Maybe adding essential oils will help? Thanks so much for the recipe. 🙂
Great recipe! I just made it, and it’s my favorite by far!! I did add a little bit more Shea to stabilize it – it was too liquidy for my taste – and it’s perfect!
Even though I love this recipe so much, I have to ask a question. When you measure the Shea butter, do you pack it in the measuring cup? This is what I did, but don’t know if it’s correct.
Thanks again!!! Best Christmas gift of the year!!!
Thanks, Tiffany! Yes, I normally just put it in a measuring cup.
Could I add some distilled water to this for a thinner consistency?
Brenda, I’m not sure how the consistency would be but you could try it on a small amount.
Natalie Longhurst says
How long does this last and where should I store.
Can you do use 1 cup of shea butter and not use the coconut oil? Or replace with 1/2 cup of almond oil. I have a coconut allergy. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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